Coping with Anxiety Attacks

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Anxiety attacks are a common anxiety disorder.  Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but anxiety attacks are not part of the normal reaction to stress.  An anxiety attack can be disabling and cause problems in your everyday life.  Controlling anxiety attacks that occur frequently can be important to some people to help maintain everyday function.

Symptoms

The symptoms of anxiety attacks are important to know and understand.  If you can get diagnosed with anxiety attacks then you will be able to better control them.  Understanding the symptoms will help you to identify anxiety attacks from other medical problems.

Here are the common symptoms to watch for:

– Problems breathing
– Increased heart rate
– Shaking
– Dizziness
– Blurred Vision
– Stomach problems
– Tingling in hands and feet
– Chest pain
– Worry
– Feeling of dread
– Depression

Anxiety becomes a problem when these symptoms come suddenly and fail to go away or interfere with your daily life.

Where Attacks Come From

It can also help you to understand how an anxiety forms and where it comes from.  Typically when you are faced with stress your body reacts with anxiety, but the anxiety is caused by adrenalin which is used up as your react to the stressor.  With an anxiety attack you are not faced with real stress or danger so the adrenaline is not used up and the anxiety continues instead of going away.

Stopping Attacks

Stopping anxiety is a process that you will have to work through with your doctor.  You can try a range of treatments to help you control your anxiety and avoid future attacks.

However, in the beginning it can be difficult to diagnose anxiety and that can lead to several months or even years going undiagnosed and therefore untreated.  That is why it is important to understand the symptoms of anxiety so you can communicate with your doctor to help him understand you are suffering from a disorder and not normal anxiety.

Through medications or therapy you can treat your anxiety and prevent problems that can interfere with your daily life.  You will be able to get to the root of what is causing your anxiety.  That could be something you can control through behavioral modification or something that needs to be controlled through medication because it is out of your control.  Whatever the cause of your anxiety you should seek help from your doctor because you do not have to live with this disorder.

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1 Comment

  1. Daniel
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Anxiety attacks can be very unsettling. I remember when I had my first anxiety attack. I thought there was something wrong with my heart or something. I went to the doctor but after some test nothing seemed to stand out as the culprit. I only realized I had experienced anxiety attacks after reading more about the causes and symptoms of anxiety attacks. Thankfully, I have not had an anxiety attack in more than a year.

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